Twenty-three years after the release of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sony Pictures is developing a series adaptation of the story. Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning film (pictured above) was based on the book by Wang Dulu, and used other elements of the author’s Crane Iron Pentalogy. Now, Deadline reports that Silk: Spider Society executive producer Jason Ning is adapting the book series for Song Pictures Television.
The in-development adaptation is part of an overall deal between Ning and Sony; as Deadline notes, Silk: Spider Society is “the first in a suite of live-action series being produced by Sony Pictures Television for MGM+ and Amazon Prime Video.” Deadline doesn’t say what else Ning might be working on, but one presumes that a Crouching Tiger series would take up a considerable amount of the producer’s time.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is the name of the fourth book in the Crane Iron series. It’s too early to know whether Ning’s series will focus on that story, or on other elements of the series, which was published in the late 1930s and early 1940s.
Ning has an interesting SFF background; he was a supervising producer on The Expanse, and an executive producer on Lucifer, and wrote episodes for both shows. According to Deadline, he also “recently worked on two high-profile upcoming series, Peacock’s Mrs. Davis from Damon Lindelof, and Netflix’s The Brother’s Sun from Brad Falchuk.”